On Friday we reported that the Montclair Board of Education filed a “Notice of Impasse” on February 21, 2013 between itself and the Montclair Education Association (MEA) after contract negotiations stalled. Today we obtained a copy of the BoE’s February 7, 2013 “Counter Offer #5″—which according to the Notice of Impasse was the BoE’s “Last Best Offer.” We also obtained a copy of the MEA’s February 20, 2013 “Counter Offer.”
There are seven terms of the contract between the BoE and MEA that cannot be agreed upon.
Here are the Montclair BoE’s offers and the MEA’s counter offers:
BoE: Salary adjustment of 2.8 percent in 2012-2013, 2.6 percent in 2013-2014, and 2.4 percent for 2014-2015 inclusive if increment.
MEA: Salary adjustment of 3.0 percent in 2012-2013, 2.9 percent in 2013-2014, and 2.8 percent for 2014-2015 inclusive if increment.
BoE: All High School teachers will teach 5 periods and will not be assigned a duty/supervision period allowing teachers the necessary time to plan and review assessment data in order to inform and improve instruction teachers of ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies required to meet the new more rigorous Common Core State Standards will have class size limited to 24 students. Teachers may volunteer and be scheduled to teach additional students (class size of 25 or more), subject to the approval of the Principal. Each teacher will receive a stipend of $1,000 for each class that has over 24 students with a total instructional cap of 150 students (over five periods).
MEA: The MEA considers point 2 contingent upon further revision of contract language to reflect greater specifics on implementation.
BoE: Eliminate consecutive period provision to allow for scheduling flexibility. School/Teacher schedules shall be determined by building level. The principal shall present a plan for discussion and consideration by staff, which shall require approval by 75 percent of staff for implementation.
MEA: High School and Middle School Teacher schedules shall be determined at the building level. The principal shall present a scheduling plan for discussion and consideration by staff no later than April of the previous school year, which shall require approval by 75 percent of the staff for implementation. If 75 percent staff approval is not given, High School teachers shall not be scheduled to instruct more than 3 classes or 2 double period classes consecutively. If 75 percent staff approval is not given, Middle School Teachers shall not be scheduled to instruct more than 4 classes or 2 double period classes consecutively. This provision applies only to classes that meet on a daily basis and exceptions are permitted at both High School and Middle Schools with Teacher approval.
BoE: Add two additional professional days for teaching staff, and 3 professional development days for teaching assistants. The additional days shall be phased in as follows:
a) Year 1 (2012-13): no change
b) Year 2 (2013-14): 1 additional teacher PD day shall be added; and 8 hours of paid PD for teaching assistants (in two 4-hour increments)
c) Year 3 (2014-15): 2 additional teacher PD days, and 16 hours of paid PD for teaching assistants in 4-hour increments
MEA: Add two additional professional days for teaching staff, and two professional development days for teaching assistant, over the school years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The additional days shall be phased in as follows:
a) 2012-2013 School year: no additional days
b) 2013-2014 School Year: One additional professional development day for teachers is added within the contractual school year and six consecutive hours of paid professional development for teaching assistants is added within the contractual school year.
c) 2014-2015 School Year: One additional professional development day for teachers is added within the contractual school year and six consecutive hours of paid professional development for teaching assistants is added within the contractual school year.
BoE: Return Aides health benefits as follows: full POS coverage for those hired prior to 6/30/11. Those who elect to enroll will have their salaries deducted by up to $3,000 per year (at the same contribution level set forth in the Side Bar)
MEA: Return Teacher Assistants Health Benefits as follows: Full POS coverage for those Teaching Assistants hired prior to June 30, 2011. those Teaching Assistants who elect to enroll will have their salaries deducted by up to $3,000 per year at the same contribution level set forth in the Side Bar Agreement, dated march 28,2011)
BoE: Revise PPO and POS plan components to account for $500,000 in savings beginning in 13/14 school year and an additional $500,000 in savings effective the 14/15 school year.
MEA: Revise PPO and POS plans to increase the Emergency Room co-payments to $50. The Montclair Education Association requests the Montclair Board of Education allocate funds that are available through breakage for any additional monies necessary.
BoE: Effective 7/1/2012 the definition of full-time status for all MEA members shall be a workweek of 32 hours or more. All employees who are receiving health benefits as of 7/1/2012 that do not meet this definition and the Teacher Assistants employed on or before June 30, 2011 that elect to enroll under Exhibit A) shall be grandfathered for the duration of their employment.
MEA: Section 7.3(b): Full Time Work Week shall remain as current contract language states, a minimum of 20 hours per week.
After the BoE filed the Notice of Impasse, the MEA stated on its website that members will begin “working to contract” on Tuesday, February 26 until further notice. On February 23rd, the MEA posted a request to its members to “calculate volunteer hours.”
In an effort to demonstrate the countless hours that MEA association members volunteer in the Montclair Public School District, we are asking each MEA member to compile a list of activities that are performed by MEA members beyond contract time and without compensation from September 2012, to the present. Volunteer time is not compensated by salary or stipend.
Please have this information available and sent to your building representative by the end of school day on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.
The Board of Education meeting will be held tonight, Monday, February 25 at 7 pm at the George Inness Annex, 114 Park Street, MHS. Montclair TV34 will also air the meeting at 7:30 pm on UStream.